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Lyme Disease Awareness





    Working Safely in the Summer MonthsWisconsin State
    officials confirmed 44 cases of West Nile Virus in Humans and in 2011 confirmed
    2,245 cases of Lyme disease.  In 2000
    there were only 658 confirmed cases of Lyme disease.


     

    Lyme Disease/Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Symptoms-Bull's-eye
    rash (in the exposure to Lyme Disease) as well as flu-like symptoms, lymph node
    swelling, neck stiffness, fatigue, headaches, joint and muscle aches.

    Prevention:

    1.   Wear long sleeves, long pants, socks, hats and high boots

    2. Wear light-colored to see ticks more clearly

    3. Use tick repellent and follow manufacturer's directions and precautions.

    4. Shower after work and wash/dry clothing in high temperatures

    5. Conduct thorough "tick checks" on yourself and your children after spending time outdoors. Prompt removal of ticks can drastically reduce the chance of Lyme disease transmission



    West Nile Virus Symptoms- headache, high fever, skin rash, swollen lymph nodes, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis

    Prevention:

    • Wear long sleeves, long pants, socks, hats and high boots
    • Use appropriate insect repellent (DEET and/or permethrin) Follow manufacturer's directions and precautions.
    • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.
    • Remove all discarded tires. 
    • Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.
    • Make sure roof gutters drain properly and clean clogged gutters.
    • Change water in bird
           
             
             
             
           

             
             


               
             


             
             

           
      baths regularly.
    • Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, and boats when not in use. 
    • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.
    • Drain water from pool covers. 
    • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property 


    Additional Resources:

    OSHA FACTSHEET WEST NILE


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